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What is BP program?


  • To enhance the R&D level of Korea by attracting outstanding overseas scientists through various joint research activities in R&D fields in Korea, and to establish a long term international cooperation network.
  • Balancing the scientific and technical standards in the field of national research institutes, universities and industries by focusing on compensating for the insufficient number of outstanding researchers.


  • - Building an international cooperative network with leading international scientists.
  • - Improvement of the level of science technology in the industry, academia, and institute by focusing on compensating for the insufficient number of outstanding researchers.
  • - Creating synergy effects by interacting with Korean and overseas high-level scientists, creating an open research environment for improving the level of globalization.

Eligibility of Invited Scientist (Bran Pool Fellow)

  • - Foreign or overseas Korean scientists* living abroad and holding a Doctoral degree with 5-years or more of R&D experience outside of Korea.
  • *Korean nationals - limited to those who are residing overseas on the application deadline (except for reapplying).
  • ※ In the case of that corporate research institute is the host organization, Brain Pool candidates who have five-years or more of on-site R&D experience in the overseas industry may apply regardless of his/her possession of a doctoral degree
  • ※ Possibility of re-applying with the same project (same PI, Brain Pool fellow)
  • ※ Possibility of re-applying within 3 years after completing the Brain Pool program for up to a maximum of 3 times (including the first term).

Applicable projects and Fields

  • - Applicable projects : Those which need outstanding scientists and engineers from overseas and are strategically necessary for Korea to advance its science and technology.
  • - Applicable fields : All fields in science and technology
  • Applicable fields
    Area Specific Area
    Pure Science Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Earth Science, Measurement and Instrumentation, Standards, Astronomy
    Mechanics, Materials and Aerospace Mechanics, Naval Architecture, Aviation, Space, Materials
    Electricity, Electronics, Information Communication Technology Electricity, Power, Electronics, Computer, Communications, Optical Engineering, Applied Physics
    Chemical Engineering and Bioscience Applied Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering, Agriculture, Fishery, Health
    Resources, Ocean, Environment, Construction, Energy Resources, Ocean, Environment, Construction and Nuclear Power and energy
    S&T Policy and Other Areas Cognitive/Emotional Science, Science and Technology Policy/Society, etc.

  • ※ Major preferences
  • - Provide strategic preferential support in areas where the country's private sector lacks R&D capabilities and where the government's role as a technology provider is critical provider is critical in 8 innovation growth engine technology fields such as Smart city, self-driving car, drone, construction automation, zero energy building, virtual land space, smart logistics, and intelligent railway

Host Institution

  • - Government-supported research institutes, national and public research institutes, universities and university-affiliated research institutes, corporate research institutes* (affiliated research institutes registered with the Korea Industrial Technology Association)
  • * Corporate research institutes are those established as SMEs and venture businesses under Article 14 (1) of the Basic Research Promotion and Technology Development Support Act and Article 16 (1) of the Enforcement Decree of the same Act
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